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H-41: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million
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Astedt Leads Day 1 of GG Spring Festival H-41: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million with $1,095,741 Up for Grabs Tomorrow

MartianNews • Level 35: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante
Niklas Åstedt
Niklas Åstedt

The 2021 GG Spring Festival has now seen the first day of the H-41: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million come to an end after the final table of nine was reached. Leading the last nine into the final day is Sweden's Niklas Astedt who managed to navigate his way through the 202 entry field and compile a monstrous 4,519,808 stack, which is well in front of any other runner left in contention.

Sami Kelopuro is the closest behind the leader after finishing a rollercoaster day with 2,670,494. The bubble was just around the corner when Kelopuro used their "one time" on a hand versus Timothy Nuter who held big slick against the jacks of Kelopuro. A king landed on the flop and by the time a turn came around it was all but lost for Kelopuro until an unlikely johnnie landed on the river, giving him a complete double thanks to his set of jacks and he put his newly acquired chips to good use, ending second on the leaderboard.

Joao Vieira (2,475,464), Shawn Daniels (2,296,836), and Jason Koon (2,188,452) round out the top five. Koon saw himself with just a few big blinds throughout the final two tables but managed to find a run of good cards with his biggest chip increase coming when his king-jack bested the dead man's hand that was held by Amichai Barer who took an exit in eleventh place.

David Yan (2,140,920), Pedro Garagnani (2,075,793), and Sam Greenwood (1,692,347) all have healthy-sized stacks with the only odd-man out being Wei Zhao who will only be carrying 139,885 into the final day. Zhao took a chip lead flip during the very last hand of the night with his pocket jacks versus the ace-queen of Astedt who hit on the flip. Zhao was left with just a few blinds and will now have to try and string together a few hands in hopes of taking down the $1,095,741 first-place prize.

Final Table of Event H-41: $25,500 Sunday 5 Million

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Niklas AstedtSweden4,519,80890
2Sami KelopuroFinland2,670,49453
3Joao VieiraPortugal2,475,46450
4Shawn DanielsUnited States2,296,83646
5Jason KoonUnited States2,188,45244
6David YanNew Zealand2,140,92043
7Pedro GaragnaniBrazil2,075,79342
8Sam GreenwoodCanada1,692,34734
9Wei ZhaoChina139,8853

Big Blinds based on the final table roll-back to ensure an average of at least 40 blinds

Action of the Day

The highly anticipated Sunday 5 Million had a second crack at breaking the guarantee after falling just two entries short last time. This time around was a success as 202 runners showed up, just sliding by the guarantee by two entries as a $5,050,000 prize pool was accumulated. It was announced that the top 27 were to find at least a min-cash of $49,063 with the eventual champion taking home an outstanding $1,095,741 for their victory.

By the time the late registration period had ended a field of just 62 remained and it was a familiar face in the lead. Guillaume Nolet was sitting atop the leaderboard with over a million and looked in a prime position to find back-to-back Sunday 5 Million final tables after already winning last week. He was close but a cold run of cards lead him to an exit in twelfth place.

As the field started to whittle down and the money approached there was one player, in particular, that was looking to score a cash. Lev "LeveMeAlone" Gottlieb shot nine bullets during this event but still managed to come up short of the money. Some other players that had a bad day, shipping a few buy-ins without cashing includes Michael Zhang, Matthias Eibinger, Mikita Badziakouski, Michael Addamo, Stephen Chidwick, and Justin Bonomo.

Once the bubble was reached it was none other than Kelopuro taking the role of executioner. "xyzpoker" four-bet jammed with ace-king of clubs and Kelopuro snapped with pocket queens. A queen on the flop was good enough to cement the pot for Kelopuro, sending "xyzpoker" out as the inevitable bubble. All players were then guaranteed money and an onslaught of eliminations came next. It was not long before just two tables were left to battle it out.

Juan Pardo Dominguez and Ole Schemion found themselves in the same boat. Both had incredible starts to the day but saw their stacks disappear, exiting the final two tables first. GGPoker ambassador Wiktor Malinowski hung on with his short stack for a while before putting it in with ace-eight, only to run into the queens of Zhao. Nolet saw his hopes of back-to-back victories shatter when his ace-three failed to overcome the ducks of Garagnani, taking an exit in twelfth.

Barer tried his luck with the same hand Malinowski busted with and it again proved to be a fail as Koon made quick work of him, eliminating Barer in eleventh place. Finishing off the Day 1 eliminations was fan-favorite David Peters who pushed his ace deuce into the big slick of Daniels. Peters failed to hit and was dubbed the official final table bubble boy.

The final day will begin at 18:00 GMT and play will not halt until a winner has been crowned. All remaining players have $109,574 locked up but all eyes will be on that monstrous $1,095,741 first-place prize that is set out for the eventual champion of this event.

That wraps it up for the PokerNews coverage of Day 1 but tune in tomorrow to find out who the champion of the second Sunday 5 Million will be.

Tags: David PetersGuillaume NoletJason KoonJoao VieiraJuan Pardo DominguezJustin BonomoMatthias EibingerMichael AddamoMichael ZhangMikita BadziakouskiNiklas AstedtOle SchemionPedro GaragnaniSam GreenwoodSami KelopuroShawn DanielsStephen ChidwickTimothy NuterWei ZhaoWiktor Malinowski

David Peters Eliminated in 10th Place ($66,661)

MartianNews • Level 35: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

Action fell on David Peters in the cutoff who shoved 680,074 and Shawn Daniels was the only player to jump into the ring with the heavy-hitting Peters, putting him at risk of elimination.

David Peters: {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}
Shawn Daniels: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The big slick of Daniels had Peters dominated and a {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop did not bring much hope for the short stack. A {j-Spades} turn left Peters in need of a duck but the {q-Clubs} river was not one, sending him out the door as the final table bubble boy.

Shawn Daniels us
Shawn Daniels
us 2,296,836 910,236
David Peters us
David Peters
us Busted

Amichai Barer Eliminated in 11th Place ($62,697)

MartianNews • Level 35: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

Action folded around to Jason Koon on the button and he open-shoved 1,231,328. Amichai Barer timebank-called from the big blind for less, putting in 972,124 and the two turned them up.

Amichai Barer: {a-Spades}{8-Spades}
Jason Koon: {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

The flop fell in the favor of Koon as {k-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades} landed on the board, giving him a pair of kings to take the lead. A {7-Diamonds} landed on the turn, leaving Barer in need of some luck. The {7-Hearts} river changed not a thing and Barer was eliminated, shipping the pot to Koon and his flopped king.

Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 2,365,000 1,124,700
Amichai Barer ca
Amichai Barer
ca Busted
Level:
35
Blinds:
50,000/100,000
Ante:
12,500

Yan Jumps Back into the Thick of Things

MartianNews • Level 34: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

David Yan opened from under the gun to 171,200 and Sami Kelopuro shipped 3,644,455 from the button. Yan called his last 1,034,760 the middle and the two tabled their hands.

David Yan: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Sami Kelopuro: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}

The board ran out clean for Yan as {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} hit the virtual felt, sending a complete double over to Yan with his big slick.

David Yan nz
David Yan
nz 2,581,920 1,125,420
Sami Kelopuro fi
Sami Kelopuro
fi 2,438,495 -581,505
Level:
34
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
10,000

Updated Chip Counts

MartianNews • Level 33: 35,000-70,000, 8,500 ante
Sami Kelopuro fi
Sami Kelopuro
fi 3,020,000 745,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
pt 2,490,000 -511,464
Wei Zhao cn
Wei Zhao
cn 2,175,000 -225,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 2,090,000 20,000
Amichai Barer ca
Amichai Barer
ca 1,742,000 -313,000
Pedro Garagnani br
Pedro Garagnani
br 1,712,000 -16,200
Shawn Daniels us
Shawn Daniels
us 1,628,000 425,450
David Yan nz
David Yan
nz 1,456,500 -1,243,500
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 1,295,900 -174,100
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 1,240,000 885,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 1,220,000 209,100